Currently Being ModeratedJun 18, 2012 9:45 AM (in response to Littleman484)
If you've got Icloud enabled, you might have a remote chance of finding it.
The best way is to start scanning for sale ads on craigslist or ebay in your area.
Other than that, pawnshops maybe.
First thing to do is to report is stolen at your local PD.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 18, 2012 10:06 AM (in response to Littleman484)
If you had the Find My Mac feature enabled, you could track it...if it is on a network.
Or if you had already installed and setup one of the apps that helps thwart thieves, like Orbicule Undercover.
If you haven't done these things, you want to do the same as you would for any other stolen item like a TV. Report it to the police. And if you can't get it back, get reimbursed by your insurance company.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 20, 2012 11:29 AM (in response to Littleman484)
When my son had his MBP stolen, the police got some information from Apple, some kind of number, apparently every computer has a unique signature on line. Anyway, they were able to track it to an apartment complex, but said if it had been a home they could've gotten a warrant, but because it was at a location with multiple residents, a judge wouldn't give such a general warrant.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 21, 2012 12:22 AM (in response to GTCA)
When my son had his MBP stolen, the police got some information from Apple, some kind of number, apparently every computer has a unique signature on line.
This might the unique address of the network card which is burned in at the factory. Either the Ethernet port or the wireless card. The technical name is Media Access Control address or MAC address (unrelated to Mac computers).
Because it is in the hardware, it can't be changed by reformatting the system, although a knowledgeable hacker could change it.